Most Famous Logos with a Panda

Most famous logos with a panda

China has appropriated all pandas and given them to other countries only for rent or as a “living gift” with political connotations. There is even such a concept as “panda diplomacy”: the Chinese authorities give black and polar bears to other countries in order to establish relations with them. At the same time, cubs born abroad must be returned to their homeland.

As China’s national symbol, the panda is associated with kindness, leniency, benevolence, and sincerity. But ever since it became a rental item, it has been seen more as an ornamental animal. Once in zoos with thousands of visitors, the bamboo bear has lost its original meaning. Now, it is considered just a cute and clumsy “exhibit” that children enjoy.

Despite the fact that the PRC has appropriated these unique animals, no one prevents various foreign companies from using emblems with pandas. They are depicted as cute and serious, defenseless and dangerous – it all depends on what meaning is invested in the logo of the brand. In this selection, we have given some examples of such designs where the contrast of images is most clearly manifested.


Logo WWF

The artists who created the panda logo for WWF believed that it was an endangered species that needed to be protected. But recently, black and white bears are no longer an endangered species. Even the Chinese authorities have recognized this and have managed to increase their population by increasing the area of bamboo forests. However, the World Wildlife Fund has retained its iconic symbol because, without it, the conservation organization would be perceived very differently. With its change, the brand identity would be lost.

The animal in the logo is partially depicted using negative space. Black paws, ears, nose, and spots around the eyes are visible, while the white body and head are formed by empty spaces. The panda looks depersonalized as the designers wanted to show that it is disappearing from the face of the Earth so that people can see its defenselessness. Underneath the image is the dark lettering “WWF.” It is in bold sans-serif font. The rounded edges of the letters create a sense of safety and trust.

Hello Panda

Logo Hello Panda

The Hello, Panda company produces tiny cookies with crispy shells and sweet cream filling. They depict funny, sporty pandas kicking a soccer ball, shooting archery, or playing hockey. Therefore, for Hello Panda, the emblem with the same cartoon character is an integral part of the identity. The animal on the emblem looks as friendly as possible because its task is to attract the attention of customers, especially children. Artists slightly changed the proportions to make the panda anthropomorphic. To do this, they had to increase the head, reduce the torso, and expand the spots around the eyes. In addition, the white iris was made unnaturally wide, and the black pupils added additional light highlights.

The brand’s mascot towers above the two-tiered “HELLO PANDA” lettering, which is slightly curved in the shape of a smile. The bubble font and a nice shade of blue match the overall playful style. Bamboo sticks are drawn to the right and left of the animal, and a large red spot serves as a background for all elements.

The Cheeky Panda

Logo The Cheeky Panda

Biodegradable wipes, toilet paper, and towels are the backbone of The Cheeky Panda range. And because they are made from bamboo waste, the designers created The Cheeky Panda logo with an image of the plant. The letters “k” and “d” are connected in one vertical line and stylized as a bamboo stem with two green leaves, which was made possible by dividing the brand name into several lines. The lettering is predominantly black, and only the article “The” at the top is colored in a delicate light green.

The panda appeared in the company’s corporate identity only because it eats bamboo. This is the best association that the brand developers came up with. The emblem shows a two-dimensional head of the animal: one black stripe in the form of an uneven and open ring, semicircular ears, a nose in the form of a dot, a smile in an arc, and white eyes with large spots around them. The minimalistic style and friendly look of the panda are pleasing, which is what the designers wanted.


Logo FoodPanda

For the FoodPanda brand, the logo is a bright way of self-expression. It is bright in the literal sense because its parts – the drawing and the inscription – are painted in a rich fuchsia color. However, the base of the panda’s head is white, as it is in nature. Guided by the principles of minimalism, the designers created a geometrically accurate composition of circles and semicircles. The drawing turned out to be symmetrical: its right side looks the same as the left one, only in mirror reflection. But why the panda? The food delivery platform chose this symbol because it seemed cute and memorable. Given the clumsiness and slowness of the bamboo bear, it is unlikely that any other qualities other than appearance were taken into account here. To reduce the degree of tenderness, the logo creators used a strict, bold sans-serif font for the inscription.

Panda Global

Logo Panda Global

Online platform Panda Global has an emblem reminiscent of the works of artists in the Cubist style – however, in a modern interpretation. The icon of the entertainment service consists of various geometric figures, among which there is not a single circle. The head is depicted as a white octagon with a dark outline, ears and eyes – black rectangles, nose – a triangle. The perimeter of the figure is outlined with a thin, light green stripe. The same green accents are present in the design of the Panda Global website. Obviously, they should be associated with plants, namely with bamboo, which pandas feed on. The lettering next to it also looks futuristic. The designers used a geometric grotesque with rectangular intra-letter breaks and shortened vertical lines at the letters “p” and “d.”

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda

Logo Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda logo lives up to its name and purpose. After all, this organization is engaged in the preservation of rare animals and breeds them in captivity, creating favorable conditions for this. Therefore, the symbol of the non-profit research center is not just a panda but a mother with a cub. The adult is depicted with two large ovals – black and white (torso and head), two small ovals (eyes), and two circles (ears). In her hands, she holds a cub made up of the same geometric shapes but of a different size. At the bottom is written the word “PANDA,” for which the designers used a specially designed jumping spiky font. Some of the strokes have the shape of bamboo sticks. For visual harmony, all the letters are white, and their outlines are wide and black.

Cap Panda

Logo Cap Panda

For the Indonesian brand Cap Panda, the black and white logo with a bear is nothing more than an attempt to attract the attention of customers. This animal was chosen only because most people find it cute. Of course, the creators of the symbol tried to show the connection with nature because in the drinks is added jelly of various herbs, primarily basil. But there is no plant among the ingredients with which the panda is usually associated.

A black and white bear sits with its head bowed and one paw resting on a red plaque with the brand name. The white lowercase font with rounded letters evokes subliminal trust. The animal also looks friendly because it smiles welcomingly. To make the look more friendly, the artists made the eyes white instead of black.

Alberta Pandas

Logo Alberta Pandas

The Alberta Pandas logo is not as cute as the other brands on this list. On the contrary, it is filled with fury, as it was important for the University of Alberta sports teams to show their fighting spirit and drive to win. The emblem proves that appearances can be deceiving. After all, pandas, which look like the epitome of gentleness, are not plush toys. Like many other animals, they have sharp claws and powerful fangs. They also become aggressive when they sense danger.

To depict the bamboo bear in motion, the artists made its right paw longer and larger than the left. This makes the right side of the body appear to be pushed forward as if the panda is trying to look more imposing. The dark spots around the eyes look like war paint. The mouth is wide open, showing a row of long teeth. The fur is not smooth but bristles in all directions with sharp needles. A dark green color is used instead of the typical black, and the emblem is outlined with a gold stripe.

Panda Express

Logo Panda Express

It’s not surprising that the Panda Express logo and name are associated with China’s main national animal, as it is an Asian restaurant chain. Although it is based in the United States, its menu features popular Chinese dishes. Therefore, the use of the panda image is justified. The black and white bear is inside a red circle, which is placed in a wide white ring with text. At the top is the brand name, and at the bottom is the phrase “CHINESE KITCHEN.” Both parts are in the same font, only in the first half of the inscription; some letters have single horizontal serifs.

Panda Antivirus

Logo Panda Antivirus

The creators of Panda Antivirus chose a suitable logo for this program – the image of a black and white bear. But the emblem presented here belongs to Panda Security SL, the developer of the antivirus program. This is an old symbol because the former name of the company is shown in a square frame with rounded corners: Panda Software. In the same place, but slightly higher, an animal head is shown. The drawing is simplified and slightly blurred as if someone hastily drew it with blue chalk on a blackboard. The first word is written in bold italics, the second in small italics.

Canal Panda

Logo Canal Panda

For Canal Panda, the logo is a tool of self-expression. After all, this TV channel, broadcasting on the Iberian Peninsula, is aimed at preschoolers. Almost all of its programs are designed for children, with the exception of a few programs for teenagers. So, the cartoon character fits into this concept. The head of a smiling panda looks out of the corner of an orange square with rounded sides. The word “CHANNEL” is written in gray, and “PANDA” is written under it. The second half of the name is in bubble font and consists of bright multicolored letters: red “C,” blue “A,” yellow “N,” green “A,” and orange “L.”